The Importance of Industry Links in Merger Waves

When:
February 5, 2010 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm America/New York Timezone
2010-02-05T14:00:00-05:00
2010-02-05T15:30:00-05:00
Where:
CEAR
Georgia State University
35 Broad Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30303
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
CEAR

RCB 1200 – from 2:00 – 3:30

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Prior research finds that economic shocks lead to merger waves within an industry. However, industries do not exist in isolation. In this paper, we argue that both intra- and inter-industry merger waves are driven by customer-supplier relations between industries. To test our theory, we construct an industry network using techniques from the social-networking literature, where inter-industry connections are determined by the strength of supplier and customer relations. First, we find that the strength of industry network ties strongly predicts inter-industry merger activity in the cross-section. Second, we show that merger waves propagate across the industry network over time: high levels of merger activity in an industry lead to subsequently high levels of activity in connected industries. By using a network approach, we provide new insight into understanding why mergers occur in waves.